A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While definitely not the point of the game, positive messages of practicing something to get better are the basis of the title.
Positive Role Models
You are the only character in the game, and you learn to practice to get good at something.
Ease of Play
Depending on if you are using the Wii Motion Plus add-on, the challenge in the title raises exponentially. Without the accessory, the title is very easy to play and learn - but the difficulty ramps up if you have Wii Motion Plus.
Products & Purchases
Advertisements for other Wii games are featured on billboards in the baseball stadiums.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Cages: Pro Style Batting is a batting simulator, not a full-fledged baseball simulation game. If you are expecting a baseball game with actual teams and regular games to play, then this isn’t the game for you. You will work on some batting skills using the Wii remote as you bat. This game supports the use of the Wii Motion Plus, but using that add-on makes the game very difficult to play.
Is It Any Good?
As a video game, The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice isn’t a very entertaining title. Most baseball games include a home run derby as a single mini-game, but this game's entire shtick is batting.While the game is supposed to teach some basic batting skills and instruct on how to identify pitch types, it’s execution is so different from reality that playing this game would likely confuse young athletes. During practice, the game does show a replay of your swing to help teach the basics, but without the Wii Motion Plus adapter this isn’t going to help much. And when you do attach the Wii Motion Plus add-on, the batting practice becomes so difficult that kids will be frustrated rather than eager to learn.
The Panel Baseball and Multiplayer modes allow for more than one player to share a single Wii Remote, and keep more players involved. The in game music and visual presentation are very bland, and definitely not close to what the Wii is capable of.
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